or, it isn't over, 2006, until it's over...
In what seems to have become a 2nd annual tradition of finishing New Year's resolutions & projects under the wire (last year I finished the final assignment of my interior decorating course on the same day), I spent last night seaming up the Central Park Hoodie. I am so happy to be done with this!!!
Central Park Hoodie
Pattern: Knitscene Fall 2006. Started early Sept. 2006. Finished Dec. 30, 2006. Mods: none
Needles: Mom's aluminum 6 & 8 straight needles, and an Addi Natura bamboo circular for ribbing. This was the only 32" size 6 circular I could find, but it turned out to be the perfect needle, as it is lightweight and snag-free. Very easy on wrists for heavier projects like this.
Yarn: Plymouth Yarn Plymouth Tweed 100% lambswool color #5321. 12 skeins needed, but I have 2 1/2 left over. I chose this primarily because I love the color. The yarn knit up fine, but it broke (ripped?) numerous times while seaming, and it's not as soft as I would like. The "attracts-cat-hair" quotient is off the charts. So if you're considering this yarn for a project, proceed with caution.
Additional helps: The knitklips I mentioned yesterday worked out so well! And Nancie Wiseman's "Knitter's Book of Finishing Techniques" helped me seam this better than any sweater I've ever made.
Closures: originally I wanted to use buttons, but I didn't find any I liked for this yarn. So, in the end, I left the ribbing plain.
Final thoughts: This sweater still needs to be blocked, but everyone in the KAL who said that you should make one size up is absolutely right. While the arms fit, I can't wear another layer underneath them...not good since I can no longer wear wool against bare skin. I'm hoping this will block out to a larger size and take care of that problem.
I hope everyone is having a good weekend! Now that the sweater is finished, I want to catch up on posts and comments and see what you've been working on over the holiday vacation. In the meantime, my best wishes to you and your families for a very happy and healthy 2007!!!